Last year I published a blog post and video on Being a Program Manager at Microsoft, in which I shared some of my personal experience and advice based on my decade plus at Microsoft. I’ve received an incredible amount of feedback on that 2020 post…
…and now it has an unexpected follow-up:
My teammate Kasper de Jonge has started a YouTube channel, and in addition to some great technical deep dive content, he has a series of interviews with members of the Power BI product team and the broader data platform community.
This week he’s published an interview with Power BI Group Program Manager Kim Manis, where they spend 45 minutes talking about being a PM in the Power BI team… and it’s fascinating.
In the interview Kim provides an insider’s perspective on topics ranging from how we decide what features to build, how we build and ship them, to what are you looking for in a PM candidate when you’re hiring.
I’ve been a PM at Microsoft for well over a decade, and have worked on Power BI for almost three years now… and I learned a lot from their conversation. If you’re reading this post I am very confident you’ll learn something too, and will enjoy the whole delightful conversation.
 I’ve come to believe that this video may have been the best thing I did in 2020. I’ve had dozens of conversations with people around the world who want to be program managers, which feels like a chance to make a difference in the world when the world is doing its best to make me feel powerless.